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Agents of Transformation

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Fire converts wood to heat and light. Sunlight converts snow to ice and water. Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Conversion occurs through transformation; it’s God’s design.

GNPI’s global network has the privilege of serving as agents of transformation. We partner with God to convert intentional prayer, faithful gifts of money, and volunteer labor into training, equipment, and media productions that help people from different languages, cultures, and customs understand the love of Christ.

Stories of transformation fill the Gospels, and they fill the archives of GNPI as well.

Michael Simbwa, minister of Mityana Church of Christ, shares:

Mityana is a small community outside of Kampala, Uganda, where tradition and other religious practices are prevalent. Many people call themselves Christians in this area, yet I have noticed a great need for extensive biblical teaching. Christ called me to minister to the people in my village in 2014.

The believers have grown stronger in the Lord, thanks to the Solar Kits. In particular the teachings of Jesus in The Global Gospel, have been helpful for debunking myths and false teachings. The majority of our church members are from the Bible study we host in the community. The Solar Kit has catalyzed the growth of our ministry in ways we never imagined. Ministering in the villages outside Kampala, we have been able to draw more and more people to Christ by teaching them the Truth and baptizing them as Christ commanded.  

GNPI has been instrumental in our efforts to teach people about the Gospel of Christ. We started and grew our young church from a small group to over 60 regular members. We celebrate the progress and God’s work in the area.

May God continue to use our partnership to create more agents of transformation in 2017.

Prayers & Praises

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” — Psalm 51:10-12 (NLT)

Strategic Meeting: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, writes, “Please pray for God to direct our time together at the International meeting this week, for unified hearts, and safe travel for each ministry partner.”

Special Delivery: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Our team delivered two Solar Kits to a pastor in a remote area. Pastor Tong-tip was happy to receive two of these tools, which included The Global Gospel in Thai, Bible teachings by Thai pastors, and testimonies of Thai believers. Pray for God’s Word to change lives all over Thailand.”

A Big Influence: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, “Pray for opportunities for ministry in rural areas through Solar Kits and in secondary schools. We are establishing contact with the Scripture Union, a big influence on Ugandan secondary schools.”

Increased Viewership: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Please pray for increased viewership of our online series and for wisdom as we try new ways to promote biblical teaching through our videos on all social media platforms.”

From Preschool to Academia: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord for the opportunities we had in 2016 to speak, teach, and strengthen the faith of people from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Central Asia. We applied our strategy at all levels from preschool to academia.”

A Joyful Start to the New Year

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

More than 500 callers contacted our office after the Christmas Eve broadcast in Hindi. Area pastors are helping us follow-up with these viewers. Our Christmas program was 24 minutes long and included two music videos and a Message about Jesus.

This latest Christmas program was not only broadcast in Hindi but also in the Punjabi language on Punjabi National TV. More than 150 Punjabi speakers contacted us for more information.

It is our joy to help people understand the true meaning of Christmas and to know Christ as His disciples.

This month our staff was busy with the World Convention (Global Gathering 2017) in Damoh. We recorded videos of the sessions and were responsible for live editing on a big video wall for nearly 3,200 people.

We are now preparing for a three day seminar on leadership for approximately 150 people from all over India. The Lord is working in many ways to draw people into a relationship with Him.

Share your story with us as you see God working in India.

God Opened the Door

Timothy P., Regional Director of GNPI-SE Asia

God opened a new door for His Word. Several evangelists went to a minority group, and more than 10,000 people converted to Christianity a few years ago. However, there was not an opportunity to share Christ with the majority group in that area. This majority group has stronger Buddhists than any other group in our region. In the past several years, a few people from this majority group have accepted Christ as their Savior and the one true God.

During the Christmas season I was invited to the area by a Christian man from the majority group by one of the preachers in the capital city. He wanted his people to hear about Jesus. I went to visit this man and joined several other preachers for a Christmas celebration in the village. It was impossible to preach about Christ publically in this area a few years back, but this man blocked the road in front of his house and set up chairs for many people.

About 30 adults gathered to hear the Gospel. The host told me that the chief of police and a few police officers were in the audience. The police chief bought a whole package of soft drinks, but I only had a chance to shake hands with him because he had to leave right away. I also saw a monk listening from the distance. I presented Jesus who came to the earth 2,000 years ago to be with human beings and to save them from sin. I began with the creation of the universe. Then I continued on to the birth of Jesus Christ and how he sacrificed His life to save us from the condemnation of Hell. Everyone listened very quietly.

According to our tradition, I bought a pig and a nice meal was served after the preaching. The monk who had been listening to the Word mingled with the people, but I did not have a chance to meet him personally.

After a few days I received a call from the preacher who told me that the people were touched by two words: Creator and Messiah.

God, the Creator, gave life to humans. God made a human being and breathed life into him. Now they understand that the life they have is from God. They also realized the Messiah, whom they were waiting for, had come and died on the cross to save them from eternal punishment. Two men were baptized a few days after the gathering.

I praise God for hope through Christ, opening doors into new areas, giving His children a burden to share the Good News with others, and the way He transforms lives!

2016 Highlights in Eurasia

Sergei Golovin, Regional Director of GNPI-Eurasia

What started 25 years ago as a small family ministry could now be considered a movement for effective evangelism training across all 10 time zones of the former Soviet Union countries.

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These are some of the highlights from the last year.

  • Eight of twelve Science textbooks in Ukrainian were published, and six were officially presented at the national book fair. We keep working to impact the post-communist education system!
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  • Investing in the next generation is the best thing we can do with our lives.
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  • We hosted and organized Project Nomad training events for 12 students in Kiev and for 16 students in Kharkiv.
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  • We presented the Bible and Civil Society course for pastors and ministry leaders from various parts of Ukraine.
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  • Our team provided academic content for the Daniel School. It’s a new program to train selected teenagers to be church and society leaders. The program involves studies of Scripture, apologetics, logic, rhetoric, as well as sports, camping, hiking, rafting, teamwork, etc. All sessions are broadcast online.
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  • I gave seminars at the Youth Mission School.
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  • We taught a course at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary, which provided training for church leaders from Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus.
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  • We led three days of seminars on Science, the Bible, and Creation Evangelism attended by leaders from the region. The trip included a retreat with the leaders of the Evangelical Students Fellowship. We spent time together discovering Scriptures on various issues of effective evangelism, civil society foundations, and personal growth in Christ. The most amazing experience from the meetings at the retreat was the fellowship with a self-proclaimed atheist who attended all the seminars to “figure out where we tried to trick him.”
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  • We enjoyed visiting the Science and the Bible Club for students at the biggest national university on the opposite side of the country in Lviv. About half of the audience were unbelievers, the rest were mostly new believers. It was a great opportunity to discuss foundational issues of faith and worldview.
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  • The new season at our Reliable Foundations open online apologetics club is called “Who Am I?” and the focus is on the foundational issues of human origin, nature, purpose, and destiny.
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  • Following the “Who am I?” season, we published a book in Russian titled, In the Image and Likeness: Origin, nature, and the purpose of man (humanity). This book is my Magnum Opus. It reflects 20 years of studies in the Bible (especially in Genesis and the the New Testament), philosophy, history, culture, and science. It represents a great milestone in our ministry. 
  • The open online apologetics club, Reliable Foundations, became a powerful tool for equipping disciples wherever they are. Our proactive strategy is finding, training, and equipping the faithful according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 model for impacting the worldview of people from post-communist countries at all levels from preschool to academia.
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  • We spent a week at the Ukrainian Evangelical Seminary doing lectures, seminars, workshops, and roundtable discussions for ministers from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Korea.
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  • Our team helped to start a new project called the Together Forever Family Club. Building Christian families according to the God’s design is always among our top priorities.
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  • We met with an Academy of Law professor who shared how useful our Biblical Foundations for Civil Society resources (book, videos, presentations) are and how she incorporates them into her lectures. 
  • We received a request for permission to use all of our resources from a nation-wide FM radio station, Emmanuel.
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  • My wife, Olga, and I visited the Central Asia Apologetics Society leaders. Christian meetings are prohibited in this area, so media is the only way to spread the Message effectively.
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  • We attended a conference on the biblical foundations of family for the Subcarpathian Roma (Gypsy) churches. This is a new region of opportunity for our ministry. transcapathia-conference-02
  • We taught a doctorate course on apologetics in relation to a biblical strategy for evangelism for ministers.
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  • We led a series of Genesis 1-3 based seminars on the foundations of a biblical worldview and its development among students for the International Association for the Development of Christian Education.
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  • Our team developed the “Q & A Christian Apologist Companion” mobile application for Android based smartphones and tablets that compiles data from various resources. Now we are developing a version that will operate on any operating system.
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  • The main issue we targeted this year was biblical anthropology: we developed Scripture-based courses, videos, presentations, and books on the issue of being human: our origins, nature, purpose, and destiny.

 

God’s Strength in Our Weakness

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Would you praise God if you had four surgeries in five weeks, could not remember two weeks of your life, and had several organs temporarily shut down? What if you were a refugee who had lived in a rented apartment for three years because you had to flee and leave your home, the office you built, and the staff you invested in for years? Would you praise God if your budget was drastically reduced, your staff was cut in half, and you dealt with constant concerns of government instability?

The paradox of the Christian life is that we can praise God even when the world around us would see absolutely no reason whatsoever to do so. One of our ministry partners from Eurasia recently shared the above challenges as victories in 2016!

He wrote, “The main lesson I received in practice, not in theory, is how amazing our Lord is. His work is revealed in the ways that probably sound like an oxymoron to people who do not know Him. His strength comes in weakness. His peace comes in the midst of troubles. His guidance comes in turmoil.”

Instead of expressing discouragement and defeat, this brother shared with joy and confidence that despite all the struggles God blessed the growth of His Kingdom in 2016 as significantly as in any previous year.

Doesn’t that remind you of the Apostle Paul?

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NKJV)

We praise God for the victories He brings us through trials.

 

Prayers & Praises

“. . . Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” — 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

God’s Guidance and Favor: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finally obtained the updated registration from the government. Thank you for your prayers throughout this process.”

Discipleship Tool: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, says, “Pray for The Global Gospel videos in sign language. We have advanced the recordings and will start editing soon. Our ministry partners are looking forward to this discipleship tool for the deaf.”

Opportunity for Impact: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, writes, “Our materials are being delivered nationwide through our partnership with 47 faith-based radio and TV broadcasters in Kenya. We thank God for the opportunity to impact 450,000 people who have actively engaged with our content.”

New Books: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “Praise the Lord! In 2016, we published 14 books, including 11 new titles and three updated editions and reprints, despite the dispersal of our team and unstable infrastructure due to the war.“

Say It Forward: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Thank the Lord for the Say It Forward series. We have enough talks to last until February 2017, but please pray for us to find the next batch of good speakers.”

The Global Gospel in 2017

We start the year with exciting news for those who use discipleship resources in other languages. Two of the newest languages completed are Sindhi (India and Pakistan) and Swahili (Kenya and Tanzania). The Turkish and Burmese versions are the next ones we plan to finish.

For anyone who may be new to our ministry, The Global Gospel is a series of short videos which present the life and teachings of Jesus using colorful illustrations and dramatic Bible readings. The English template has been produced in the world’s top languages.

Click here to access all the available languages on the GNPI website, or download The GNPI App on your Apple or Android device.

 

A Great Start

Nenette Pacoli, Regional Director of GNPI-Manila, Philippines

Faith Matters, too!, our new series, is off to a great start. We tried to be creative with our launch by holding a “like and share” contest on Facebook last month.

Our goal was 1,000 likes in five days, but we got 10,000 likes in three! I am overwhelmed by the response. Now we average almost 6,000 views daily, and we pray God will touch all these people through the videos.

Recently, I read Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

We have scattered and continue to scatter videos in the wilderness of the internet, but the results are really in God’s hands.

May this video be an encouragement to you today!

 

Hands of Hope

Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our team would like to introduce you to SoPhaPhone, a young woman whose ministry for the hearing impaired in Laos is called Hands of Hope. SoPhaPhone says, “I had a burden for those who couldn’t hear the Gospel and wanted them to know God. Now we have Bible study classes in sign language, fellowship meals, and worship together at a local church.”

SoPhaPhone also helps these deaf friends find ways to live useful and fruitful lives as self-sufficient and financially independent adults. Several young women have started a bakery and design jewelry to sell.

The Hands of Hope ministry began several months ago and has grown to 13 people. Enjoy meeting these new friends in Movement Everywhere #8.

Their jewelry is sold on the Hands of Hope or Handmadelao Facebook pages.

 

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